Sunday, April 12, 2009


For my friends in the Christian west who celebrate our Lord's resurrection this day I post (Bach's Choral Prelude on) my favorite western Easter hymn (which I still love).

(Ignore the photo of the church, ignore the ornate cabinetry on the organ's pipework, ignore the organ specs - ignore the video altogether - that's all completely beside the point, which is the beauty of the music and text. But I don't know how to post the audio without the video).

So for my western Christian friends and family, Happy Easter. Next year we will celebrate the resurrection on the same day (I love that!)

Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands for our offenses given;
But now at God's right hand he stands and brings us life from heaven.
Therefore let us joyful be and sing to God right thankfully
Loud songs of hallelujah! Hallellujah!

Our Savior Jesus, God's own Son, here in our stead descended;
The knot of sin has been undone, the claim of death is ended.
Christ has crushed to power of hell; now there is naught but death's gray shell -
It's sting is lost forever. Hallelujah!

Here the true Paschal Lamb we see, whom God so freely gave us,
Who died on the accursed tree - so strong God's love - to save us!
See, his blood now marks our door; faith points to it; death passes o'er,
And Satan cannot harm us. Hallelujah!

So let us keep the festival to which the Lord invites us;
Christ is the very joy of all, the sun that warms and lights us.
Now his grace to us imparts eternal sunshine to our hearts;
the night of sin is ended. Hallelujah!

Then let us feast this Easter day on Christ the bread of heaven;
The Word of grace has purged away the old and evil leaven.
Christ alone, our holy meal, the hungry soul will feed and heal;
faith lives upon no other! Hallelujah!

1 comment:

William Weedon said...

Thank you, -C!

We'll be singing that as the Hymn of the Day at the Divine Service today. Though a week early for you, I'll say Christos anesti! And you can reply in the darkness of next Saturday!!!